EU and Kosovo sign the IPA III Financial Framework Partnership Agreement

(Source: EEAS)

The EU Ambassador in Kosovo, Tomas Szunyog, handed over today in Pristina to the First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, the European Commission-approved IPA III Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA).

Mr Bislimi signed the FFPA, which will, once ratified by the Assembly of Kosovo, enable Kosovo to receive further technical and financial assistance from the European Union. It covers IPA annual programmes for the period 2021-2027 and will allow for immediate approval of IPA 2021 funds to Kosovo in the amount of EUR 64 million.

“We will use the IPA III funding to improve the protection of human rights, gender equality, municipal governance, and security and public safety in Kosovo,” said Ambassador Szunyog.

“The funding will also be directed towards enhancing the capacities of the Kosovo administration to comply with EU standards and rapidly respond to urgent economic, health or social needs, protect the environment in line with the best EU practices, enhance the competitiveness of Kosovo’s agri-food sector, and help achieve EU’s economic accession criteria.”

Kosovo began benefiting from IPA funding in 2007. Since then, and up to the end of 2022, a total of EUR 1.21 billion have been allocated to Kosovo through IPA I and IPA II.

“EU pre-accession funds provide very important impetus to complement our ongoing progress in EU related reforms. IPA III funds will be used to accelerate the EU integration process and internal reforms, and support investments needed to implement the reforms within European Reform Agenda, National Development Strategy and the sectoral strategies with a focus on youth employment, energy, environment, sustainable and inclusive growth among many other areas,” said First Deputy Prime Minister Bislimi.

The EU remains Kosovo’s largest trading partner and the largest provider of financial assistance.

More on IPA III assistance can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/enlargement-policy/overview-instrument-pre-accession-assistance_en

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